Christine Swann held an informative 2-Day Online Portrait Workshop Wednesday, April 21 and Friday, April 23, 2021. On Saturday, April 24, Christine came back on Zoom with a demo for our virtual MPS Spring Membership Meeting.
Christine painted instructive portraits while participants worked along with her. She provided us with two models to work from, a woman the first day and a man on the second. A lot of attention was paid to her theory of light and how light hits objects like the head and contours of the face.
We began by roughly sketching the head, dividing the face into thirds—hairline to top of brows, top of brows to bottom of nose, bottom of nose to bottom of chin. Finding relationships between the thirds and carefully looking at and rendering the features was our first task. She feels it is important to include the eyelid when drawing the eye. If you can't see it, find another view.
Christine works in many layers, refining shapes, correcting values and glazing colors on top of each other. She strives to create a three dimensional sculptural effect on a two dimensional format. The following is an excerpt of the portrait demonstration from our General Members Meeting on Saturday via Zoom.